This is delicious! The apples are left unpeeled, which appeals to my lazy cook’s nature; the long baking time softens them such that they are not noticeable at all. So you get the added benefit of the nutrients in the peel–sort of like having your crisp and eating it, too…

1 1/2 lbs apples, sliced thinly or in small cubes
2 T lemon juice
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c maple syrup
butter or oil for greasing baking dish
1 c uncooked regular rolled oats
1/3 c all-purpose flour, white or whole wheat
1/2 c sliced or chopped almonds or walnuts
2 T vegetable oil or butter
2 T maple syrup
1 t vanilla or almond extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, raisins, and maple syrup. Grease a 8-inch square baking dish. Add apple mixture, cover with foil, and bake until the apples are softened, about 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine the rolled oats, flour, almonds or walnuts, oil or butter, 2 T maple syrup, and vanilla or almond extract. When apples are tender, remove from oven, and sprinkle with topping. Bake, uncovered, another 30 minutes or so. Serve warm with ice cream, frozen yogurt, whipped cream, or just eat it as is…